August 20, 2018In 2017, there were 158 reported K2 overdoses in Lancaster, Pennsylvania over the course of just one week. Again, in May 2018, the city experienced an upswing of reported K2 overdoses. In the preceding months, the reported number of K2 overdoses has remained extremely high- occasionally surpassing the number of opioid overdoses reported in the region. We will explore the use of K2 and bath salts in our region, and how law enforcement is working to reduce the spread of synthetic drugs.
August 20, 2018Designer and synthetic drugs remain tremendously popular in many regions of Pennsylvania. The drugs are attractive to users because they offer extreme highs at a lower price. Additionally, some of these synthetic drugs do not register on traditional drug tests. That fact coupled with the drugs’ accessibility leads some to believe that synthetic drugs are a legal alternative; however, Pennsylvania legislators have ensured that state drug laws apply equally to synthetic drugs as the real thing.
July 25, 2018It is no secret that heroin, fentanyl, and other synthetic opioids have greatly impacted our nation’s public health. In both 2016 and 2017, opioids nearly single-handedly reduced the average American life expectancy. The proliferation of heroin and other, stronger synthetic opioids led to a 21% jump in the national overdose death rate between 2015 and 2016. If the opioid epidemic were a tsunami, Pennsylvania would be at the crest of the wave.
July 18, 2018Individuals involved in a motor vehicle collision commonly experience concussions. It is commonly assumed that a concussion is not a serious injury because the signs and symptoms are not necessarily painful or observable; however, concussions are a form of traumatic brain injury and can lead to life-altering ailments.
July 5, 2018Netflix’s The Staircase is the binge worthy true crime series of summer 2018. The series follows Michael Patterson, a North Carolina man charged in connection to his wife’s death, during his 16-year long battle to prove his innocence in court. The Staircase has been the subject of a great deal of criticism and debate; however, it offers several important lessons about the criminal justice system in general.
May 25, 2018The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is sometimes referred to as the “100 Deadliest Days”, and for good reason; statistically, summer is the most dangerous time to be a driver. With those 100 Deadliest Days quickly approaching, we wanted to explain the hazards that summer driving brings and remind you of how to stay safe during your travels.
May 2, 2018The death penalty was reinstituted in Pennsylvania in 1976. Despite having the fourth largest death row inmate population in the country for over two decades, only three inmates have been executed in Pennsylvania since the reinstitution. We will take a look at the tumultuous history of the death penalty in Pennsylvania, the future of the punishment, and what life is like on death row.
March 28, 2018In 2016, then governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe moved to restore the voting rights of convicted felons. Though this legislation was a triumph, it also served as a painful reminder that Virginia had been depriving a large portion of its free residents from their democratic right for decades.
March 13, 2018Slip or trip and falls are among the most common sources of personal injury claims. A fall on an untreated icy sidewalk, a trip on a hazardous obstacle in a public building, or a slip on an unmarked wet spot on a grocery store floor may constitute a legitimate personal injury claim. These types of accidents may result in tissue damage, broken bones, and time loss from work. Pursuing action against the party or parties responsible for your injury provides you the opportunity to have your medical expenses covered by those who are liable while holding the appropriate parties accountable to ensure that others do not find themselves in your position. After a slip and fall, there are five steps that you should take immediately in order to preserve and validate your claim.
March 2, 2018After the court finds you guilty of a crime, you may feel as if you have lost the fight. However, Pennsylvania offers defendants several avenues to have the circumstances of their case and conviction reconsidered. In addition to direct appeals, the Post-Conviction Relief Act affords individuals the opportunity to have aspects of his or her case reviewed.